I don’t know which of us was more excited when my daughter came across old hardcover Jane Austen-related books in her university library—her or me. Okay, it was me. I was more excited. The books she checked out are in such good condition, with publication dates ranging from 1818 to 1920.
The oldest of the three is Northanger Abbey, published in 1818. It’s 4”x6”. It is so tiny, it does not lend itself to being a very comfortable read. We’ll see.
Next up is The Story of Jane Austen’s Life. Its publication year is 1820. I’m looking forward to delving into this one.
Finally, there’s a 1920 edition of Pride and Prejudice. This is my favorite of the three, and it includes illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock. It’s somewhat worn and has markings here and there, but none of that will distract from the pleasure I will experience when reading it.
What’s new about these books, you may be asking? Why the covers, of course! They are new hardcover editions. As my schedule allows, I’m planning to rollout hardcover editions of several of my favorite book babies in the coming weeks. You may have noticed the hardcover edition of A Lasting Love Affair is a complete departure from the covers of ALLA in its other formats. I think I like this new look—a lot.
Without further ado, here’s something else. I often chide myself for not writing enough when the truth is, I write every day. I will not go to sleep (even at 2 AM) without completing a daily journal entry. Naturally, I go through a lot of journals.
While preparing my hardcover editions for publication, I thought, why not create my own hardcover journals? Even if no one buys them but me, I’ll still be a happy camper. What a lovely treat! That said, hardcover notebooks make great presents—perchance like-minded scribblers will grab them too. I hope so.
I titled the initial series of hardcover journals, A Humor for Writing. While searching for the title, I came across this Jane Austen quote:
“I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.”
How fitting a quote indeed, especially for me during most days.
Here’s the product description:
This lovely journal is just the thing for your writing needs, be it daily journaling, goal-setting, or jotting down memorable moments, ideas big and small, and other musings. What better way to inspire creativity. Makes the ideal gift for acquaintances with a penchant for writing at leisure.
- Elegant and classic peacock themed design
- Features a delightful witticism on writing from one of Jane Austen’s novels
- Glossy, hardback is 6″x9″ with lined-pages
- Ideally sized for desktops, nightstands, and travel
- The perfect gift for nostalgia lovers of all ages
(The black notebook has a matte finish)
*Just in case you’re searching for a Mother’s Day gift, visit Amazon and search for “A Lady” + “A Humor for Writing” under All Departments or Books.
Speaking of gifts, leave a comment for a chance to win a journal. One winner will be chosen. A US mailing address is required to receive this prize. Otherwise, the winner may claim a complimentary P. O. Dixon eBook. The contest ends Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Happy News! Two of my eBooks are currently on sale for only 99 cents!
First, By Reason, by Reflection, by Everything is part of BookBub’s International Featured Deals this week.
Second, To Refuse Such a Man is a part of an Amazon-exclusive Countdown Deal in the US and UK starting today.
Check your library. If either story is missing, grab your copy now!